In the third instalment of our ‘What is’ series we are here to discuss the classic and immensely popular Chukka boot.
The Chukka boot is a hugely popular style thanks to its high levels of comfort and versatile design. But what is the origin of this wardrobe staple? The origin of the Chukka boot style is relatively modern when compared to styles like an Oxford shoe. The popularity of the Chukka boot as an everyday style boot can be traced back to the late 1940’s largely thanks to the introduction of Clark’s desert boot. Inspired by the British army boot worn in the African theatre during WWII. Whilst serving as an infantryman Clark noticed that the officers of the Eighth Army liked the style and comfort offered by the boot and so he took the style back to his family business to begin production. The boot quickly became a fashion hit in the 1950’s and 60’s, becoming popular amongst actors such as Steve McQueen, Marlon Brando and even in mod subculture.
Traditionally, the style has rounded toes and features open lacing with two or three pairs of eyelets. Whilst classic Chukka boots tend to have leather soles stud rubber soles have gained popularity. The Desert boot is a very popular variation of the Chukka that feature distinctive crepe rubber soles.
So let’s start off the styles with a traditional Chukka boot, the De Winter Bamburgh. A classic three eyelet, leather soled boot. Made on the ‘Hurst’ last that offers and elegant rounded toe the Bamburgh is perfect for both formal and casual occasions. Made with the finest leathers and Goodyear welted the Bamburgh is a boot that will last a lifetime. Available in a black calf, ebony calf and tan calf.
However if you like this classic style but want a boot with a bit more grip, durability and style options then look no further than the De Winter Warwick. Made on the same ‘Hurst’ last so great for smart/casual occasions, the Warwick has stud rubber soles. Available in: black calf, chocolate brown calf, chestnut country grain, dark leaf grain, polo snuff suede, snuff waxed suede and snuff suede.
For something a bit more casual why not try the Sanders HiTop. A suede two eyelet boot with a thick crepe rubber sole. This popular style was worn by the likes of Steve McQueen and with their huge range of colour options the HiTop is a boot which can be styled with almost any outfit. Available in: moss green suede, navy suede, black suede, chocolate suede, polo snuff suede, Indiana tan suede, grey suede and dirty buck suede.
We have plenty more Chukka boots on our website so make sure to check them out and let us know your favourites below.